Originally Posted by tomofson
I read recently that the celtic people most likely come from the caucusus mountains and are strongly related to groups such as the circassians and avars,
Is there any truth to this?
Apparently these groups have a lot of R1 in their DNA and that is apparently celtic blood.
Originally Posted by Black Swan
Ancient History Encyclopedia:
In David Rankin's book Celts and the Classical World
(2002) he notes that the recognisable traits of the Celts may have been forged in the area around the Danube and further west, however the origins of the people that came there may very well have hailed from the Caucusus region.
As an aside, other scholars have theorised that those people that migrated from the Caucusus into Europe may have hailed from nomads of the steppes of what is modern day Kazakhstan around 5000BC.